MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  Middletown schools are not missing a beat with two new COVID-19 cases listed. The cases were outside the district and unrelated to each other.

In a letter Sunday, Patrick Rinella, Assistant Superintendent, wrote that "an individual associated with the Middletown High School South football program and an additional individual at Middletown High School North have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). These are unrelated cases originating outside the district. The District is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community."

The letter stated that contact tracing has been completed and all close contacts have been notified.

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"Cleaning and disinfecting of all exposed areas and equipment is being carried out. The schools are taking precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs, and are cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily." Stated Rinella.

In the new pandemic era, it's expected that positive tests will happen and schools, like Middletown, have begun to live with it and adjust accordingly with safety top of mind.

Additional guidance:

We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. We encourage parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
• Staying home when you are sick;
• Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
• Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
• Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils; • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
• Wearing a face covering while in school;
• Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.
During this health emergency, you are encouraged to observe your child for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and contact your child’s physician and the school nurse if any are noted. Also, please notify the school nurse if your child tests positive for COVID-19.